What's buzzing:

NCAA committee approves expanded meal allowance

AP - Sports

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA's Legislative Council approved a proposal Tuesday to expand the meal allowance for all athletes.

The move occurred eight days after Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier complained during the Final Four that he sometimes went to bed ''starving'' because he couldn't afford food.

The proposal would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons. The measure still must be approved by the board of directors, which meets April 24.

''I think the end result is right where it needs to be,'' committee chairwoman and America East assistant commissioner Mary Mulvenna said in a statement released by the governing body.

The proposal has been debated for months, but Napier's comments following last week's national championship game brought attention to the topic. Napier was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament, leading Connecticut to its fourth men's title.

Schools have been allowed to provide three meals per day or a stipend for those meals to scholarship athletes. The new rule would allow walk-ons to receive the same allowances and would allow schools to provide more meals and snacks, too.

The committee also approved a measure that would reduce the penalty for a first positive drug test - if the banned substance is determined to be something other than a performance-enhancing drug. Currently, players who fail the test during NCAA tournaments must sit out one full season. The proposal would cut the penalty to half a season.

Committee members said they hope the change will encourage schools to provide more rehab services.

The NCAA only tests during its championship events, though schools can implement its own drug tests throughout the school year.

In other moves, the committee approved:

-A measure requiring football players to get a three-hour break between preseason practices. Film sessions and team meetings still could be held during the break;

-require a school staff member who is certified in CPR, first aid and arterial external defibrillation to be present at all physical, countable athletic activities;

-and require strength and conditioning coaches to be certified by a nationally accredited certification organization.

If approved, the proposals, except the one regarding strength and conditioning coaches, would take effect Aug. 1. The committee has recommended giving strength and conditioning coaches until Aug. 1, 2015, to complete their certification.

View Comments (3)
  • Golf-Race to Dubai rankings

    July 7 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 2875645 2. (2) Danny Willett (Britain) 1827234 3. (3) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 1712114 4. (7) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 1526217 5. (4) Branden Grace (South … More »

    Reuters - 14 minutes ago
  • Rallying-Former champion Makinen to lead Toyota team

    Retired four times world champion Tommi Makinen will be Toyota's team principal when the Japanese manufacturer returns to the world rally championship in 2017, Toyota said on Tuesday. Toyota said in a statement that Toyota president Akio Toyoda, a … More »

    Reuters - 21 minutes ago
  • Froome in charge after crash-marred Tour de France third stage

    Froome in charge after crash-marred Tour de France third stage

    By Julien Pretot HUY, Belgium (Reuters) - Chris Froome seized early control of the Tour de France, the 2013 champion snatching the yellow jersey after a crash-marred third stage won by Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday. Katusha rider Rodriguez … More »

    Reuters - 26 minutes ago
  • Mayweather stripped of title he won in Pacquiao fight

    Mayweather stripped of title he won in Pacquiao fight

    (Reuters) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said on Monday. Mayweather, who improved to … More »

    Reuters - 53 minutes ago
  • Ghana skipper Gyan to leave Al Ain for China: report

    Ghana skipper Gyan to leave Al Ain for China: report

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Ghana captain and striker Asamoah Gyan is expected to leave Emirati champions Al Ain and sign a lucrative deal with Chinese Super League title challengers Shanghai SIPG, local media reported. Gyan, who has scored 95 goals in 83 … More »

    Reuters - 55 minutes ago